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    Default Brain Clay's Sketchbook

    Hello all. My Name is Jesse Irvin. I'm a long time lurker, artist and all around fan of Z-Brush and digital sculpting as a scene. I am a full time Instructor at Vancouver Film School and have been teaching Digital sculpting there via Z-brush for many years. In my journey as an instructor I have gotten to begin many various projects throughout the years. One assignment I have run with my students for quite some time has been to sculpt a portrait. I often choose various celebrities to tackle for my in class demo's. I usually only have a limited time to work on the within the class blocks.

    Recently I have taken the time to refine a few of my studies down to a more complete state to begin building a proper portfolio of finished work.

    Having gone on a bit of a Brooklyn 99 binge and being fan Andre Braugher's Character on the show it was an easy choice for me to choose him as the subject of one of my in class demonstrations. I initially blocked the sculpt for my students in class and enjoyed it enough to polish it up after. I am posting it now as one of the first pieces I've actually found the time to finish in quite a while. Started from a sphere and sculpted primarily in Z-Brush I used a combination of alphas, scanned displacement detail maps, Substance Source and Substance Painter for the range of detail work. Finally the model is rendered in Maya with Arnold Render. It's been great to finally find time to finish some work and I hope you enjoy it as I have.

    Please feel free to check out my portfolio on artstation at https://www.artstation.com/brainclay or like this project directly at https://www.artstation.com/artwork/9ArXL

    Here's the work!

    There will be more to come shortly.

  2. #2

    Default Better Call Saul

    Saul Goodman

    One of the first full character assets I tackled was Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad. After that Series came to an end I quickly fell in love with Vince Gilligan and AMC's Follow up Better Call Saul. It seemed only natural that I attempt his portrait as well. Initially sculpted as a live demo for my students I re-approached this and cleaned it up for a finished portfolio piece.
    I hope you like it!

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    Default Linus Sebastian

    Final one for a bit here. Been such a great feeling to finally finish and post some work! This software and community is just too awesome! So here's my likeness Study of Linus Sebastian. Unlike Saul or Holt this piece is one of the first where I added a bit of my texturing xyz displacements into the mix. As I don't have access to my personal alpha library in class some of the other alphas I use are still present too. Linus' fun approach to technology reviews and commentary has made his programs a regular watch for my and my girlfriend for quite some time. Like My other likeness studies this started from a sphere and was sculpted primarily in Z-Brush. I used a combination of alphas, scanned displacement detail maps, Substance Source and Substance Painter for the range of detail work. Finally the model is rendered in Maya with Arnold Render.

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    Default Berretta 92FS

    A warm up asset built as a prop for a character currently in progress. This asset gave me an opportunity to explore my Zbrush Hard surface workflow in depth as well as dig into Game rez asset creation. The high rez geo was built entirely within zbrush over the course of a few days and the game rez was topologized in Maya. Texturing was done in substance with hand built materials and masks. This was an exciting experience that allowed me to learn a lot about the process I look forward to applying what I have learned to the larger character project.
    Check out the sketchfab uploads at https://skfb.ly/6Gupq and https://skfb.ly/6Gups

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    Default beretta Sketchfab

    Heres the sketchfab (assuming I can get it to embed

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    Default Doug Jones Sketch

    Something a little different. I wouldn't consider this something so complete as me previous posts but I wanted to share it with you all anyway. My term 3 digital sculpting classes include a likeness study as part of the assignment. each term I get to demo a bit of that process in the limited time I have in class. This term I took a stab at Doug Jones and managed to get a history recording out at the end of the class. I have a bunch of time-lapses for older models as well. These models don't all get the treatment of the ones I posted above but I figured I'd post this one as it is my most recent. I also a will include below a turntable and a few stills from the refined sculpt. There's no real detailing here and it all represents maybe 3-4 hours of work in total but if I get time to make a bit more progress maybe I will add an update.

    Hope you like it

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    Default DougJones Sketch WIP Timelapse Part 2

    Finally expanding on my last post I got to sit down and timelapse some chunks of my detailing and refinement after a retopo pass. So heres some videos! If i can remember how to embed them....

    Detailingpt1 from BrainClayStudio on Vimeo.

    Detailingpt2 from BrainClayStudio on Vimeo.

    Detailingpt3 from BrainClayStudio on Vimeo.

    DougJonesTT2 from BrainClayStudio on Vimeo.

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    Default Doug Jones Sketch Refinement WIP

    After my detailing the likeness wasn't up to my liking so I have since continued to refine the overall proportions. Heres the latest mesh in still and TurnTable

    DougJonesFinalBaseTurntable from BrainClayStudio on Vimeo.

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    When I first saw him on the preview image, I was like "Is it Doug Jones?" Then I thought I was wrong so I clicked to see.
    Some parts are good but I think it's on the eyes area and the lips that it doesn't really work (for the likeness)

    Keep it up !

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    Awesome! thanks much for the feedback.
    VFS Digital Sculpting Instructor
    See my portfolio at: https://www.artstation.com/brainclay

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    Default Doug Jones Rendered

    After some refinement I'm ready to put this one down and take what I've learned and apply it to my next model. This model is built from my most recent likeness study and was started as a demonstration for class. Built from scratch from a sphere, the development of the sculpt was partially documented and can be found in the previous posts.

    All sculpting work was done in Z-brush using a combination of hand sculpting, Texturing xyz brushes and a few of the skin brushes from Zbrushguides which I acquired late into the project. Retopo was done in Maya. The hair was built with fibermesh then transferred to xgen

    As part of another in class demo I was able to build up the base texture and with that it developed into this piece. The texturing was done by hand in substance painter

    The final images are rendered in Arnold

    VFS Digital Sculpting Instructor
    See my portfolio at: https://www.artstation.com/brainclay

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